NBA Free Agency: Knicks Sign Amar'e Stoudemire To Five-Year, $100 Million Deal

Glenford RobinsonContributor IJuly 6, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 29:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns in action during Game Six of the Western Conference finals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 111-103.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to sources, Amare Stoudemire just signed a 5-year contract with the New York Knicks, worth a whopping 100 million dollars. The Knicks positioned themselves even better now to win over LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Knicks fans’ frustrations of past years could now be gone with the signing of Stoudemire. This signing puts the team on the right track for the foreseeable future.

In fact, the NY Knicks have put themselves in a great position to sign either James or Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets. Sources close to the situation have said that the prolific Nugget scorer will not resign with the Nuggets because his wife, former MTV host LaLa Vasquez wants to reside in the Big Apple for career reasons. As a result of these happenings, the Knicks could be in the driver’s seat.

Even with or without LeBron, the Knicks will come out of this free agency sweepstakes with a lot of gusto. In fact, it would serve LeBron well to sign with the Knicks because if he doesn’t Carmelo will be the next mega NBA star to join Stoudemire on Broadway.

Who would have thought that the New York Knicks would be in such a great position to sign either LeBron or Anthony? No one! In fact, the Knicks can do without LeBron.

With Anthony on the 2010-2011 NBA free agency radar, the Knicks can wait until 2011 to sign Carmelo because the team would be getting someone who really wants to play in New York. Therefore, the Knicks does not have to give in to LeBron’s demands if they do not want to do so.

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In addition, both Carmelo and his wife were born in Brooklyn, according to sources. So, there must be truth to the story that he would not mind coming back to his place of birth to play for his native team, the New York Knicks.

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